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Anglican bishop to participate in Holy Week services

Holy Week will have an added significance for Anglicans in the Sudbury area this year. The Church of the Epiphany will be hosting Archbishop Michael Geoffrey Peers, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Holy Week will have an added significance for Anglicans in the Sudbury area this year.

The Church of the Epiphany will be hosting Archbishop Michael Geoffrey Peers, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

"The Church of the Epiphany has been fortunate to have, every holy week for the last eight years, a bishop as our guest," said Archdeacon Thomas A. Corsten.

The visiting bishop helps the community to focus on the events of Holy Week, explained Corsten.

Peers will be present to say mass today (Wednesday) at 10 am; and will give communion at an evensong this evening at 7:30 pm. He will also be present at Holy Thursday services at 7:30 pm and at Good Friday services at 11 am.

Peers was the national bishop for the Anglican Church until 2004 when he retired. Before then, he had travelled to many countries encouraging greater inclusiveness in the church.

He was the first church leader to issue an apology to the native peoples regarding the subject of residential schools.

"He is a very significant figure in the life of the church," said Thorneloe University president Stephen Andrews.

Peers will be visiting Thorneloe University to see the changes to the school since he received his honorary doctorate over 10 years ago.

"Anyone that would like to hear the bishop speak is welcome to any of the services," said Corsten.

-April Antoniazzi